2010-07-16 / Community

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Weather reports of late have been for scattered showers or rain. A few drops have fallen here and there and that’s all. Some folks wouldn’t mind a good soaking, to cool temperatures to a more moderate level especially with all the hot weather we’ve been having of late. (And especially if the rain falls overnight.) And in the summer, if it does fall during the day rain almost always feels good. Ah well — unfortunately, weather just happens, with no thought of who or how many people want it to be a certain way!

State Senator Shirley Huntley will host the 4th Annual Family and Friends Day on Saturday, July 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the park at East 16 Road and Cross Bay Boulevard. Join the Senator for a free day of fun-filled activity which will include food and music as well as exercise, games, learning and rides. For further information, call 718- 523-3069.

In the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, July 17 from 10 a.m. to noon join a park ranger and explore the refuge; kids ages 7 to 12 can start on the Junior Ranger Program.

NYC Audubon “Shorebird and Butterfly Walk” in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge will take place on Sunday, July 25 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Walk around East and West Ponds with naturalist Don Riepe and look for migrating shorebirds and butterflies. Bring binoculars, drinking water; wear sun and insect protection. Sign up at 718-318-4340.

Christ Presbyterian Church will have Bingo in the church hall on Noel and Church Roads on the following Tuesday nights: July 20, July 27, August 3 and August 10. Doors will be opened at 6 p.m. Early Bird is at 6:45 p.m. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Donation is $5. Coffee, tea and cake will be served.

A family BBQ will be held at the VFW on Shad Creek Road on Saturday, July 17 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will be yard games for the kids. All proceeds will go to help fund the needs of our disabled veterans. The cost is $20 per adult, $10 per child.

The BCAC has quite a line-up of Mardi Gras activities: July 24 marks the return of last year’s Girls Softball challenge; after the Girls game the Orioles and Mudsharks from the old Jamaica Bay Softball League will renew their rivalry on the field. Favorite beverages and a BBQ will be available. August 7 is the date for the 3rd Annual Broad Channel Irish Festival. Finns Fury will be back along with Unforgettable Fire, the renowned U2 cover band, and more, to provide great Irish entertainment. Shaded seating, food and drink, entertainment for the kids, and many Irish vendors will be on hand. August 14 marks the return of Movie Night. Tickets are also available for the $10,000 drawing to be held at Countdown. With only 400 sold, the $100 ticket is a great buy. For tickets contact Sabrina Gross at 646- 236-0090. “All events will be at Memorial Field, so please come out and help support the Broad Channel Athletic Club. The Mardi Gras committee reports that longtime Channel residents Dennis Malone and Tim Hanning are each running for Mayor! Dennis will run out of Grassy Point and Tim is running out of Ruffle Bar, so be on the lookout for their many exciting events, and have a great summer!”

St. Virgilius Golden Age will sponsor a bus trip to Trump Casino in Atlantic City on Wednesday, July 28. The bus will leave from the corner of Noel Road and Cross Bay Boulevard at 8:30 a.m. Cost per person is $35 with $25 cash and $5 food voucher. On the way to Atlantic City, bingo will be played. A movie will be shown on the way home. Call D. Schmitt at 718-634-9472 or M. McCarthy at 718-945-4967 to get in on the fun. Checks should be made payable to St. Virgilius Golden Age Club.

On Saturday, August 7 at 9 p.m. there will be a Costume Party at Grassy Point (from which Dennis Malone for Mayor is running). Entry fee of $10 per person includes one free drink. There will be a DJ and a cash prize for the best costume. Proceeds to BCAC.

Dinners on Thursdays for $8 for Dennis Malone for Mayor; free delivery; on the menu for July 22 is spaghetti and meatballs. Call 718-474- 1688. Proceeds to BCAC.

On Saturday, August 21 there will be a Horseshoe Tournament; 2 person team $25 entry fee. Cash prize; trophies. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd places. Food for teams; music from DJ. Rain date Sunday, August 22. To sign up, call 718-474-1688. Proceeds to BCAC.

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge visitor center’s current art exhibit on Birds of the Northeast United States runs to September 30.

The following events are at the Library:

Adult Book Discussion will take place on Friday, July 23 at 1 p.m. Read “The Girls” by Lori Lansens. Crafts for Teens and Tweens will take place on Monday, July 19 at 1:30 p.m. Supplies to build craft given on first come, first served basis.

Children’s Crafts for ages 6 to 10 will be on Tuesday, July 20 at 1:30 p.m. Craft supplies given out on first come, first served basis. Crafts for youngsters ages 3 to 5 held on Wednesday, July 21 at 1:30 p.m. Supplies on first come, first served basis.

On Friday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. it’s Storytelling in the Park for kids of all ages. There will be stories, arts and crafts and snacks.

Did you know? In 2009, 61 percent of consumers age 65 and older had a mobile phone.

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Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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